Good news for commuters who cross the Mississippi River frequently.
The new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge is set to open on February 9. The Stan Span has been under construction since 2010. Workers connected the two sides of the bridge in July. The bridge comes with a price tag of around $230 million and is part of the larger $700 million Mississippi River Bridge Project.
The Stan Span will carry I-70 over the river.
Conceal carry in Illinois is moving closer.
The Illinois State Police say they've launched a new website that explains the application process for Illinoisans. Applications for carrying concealed weapons will be available beginning on January 5. Police say the new website should give would-be applicants additional information about eligibility requirements, application fees, training requirements and official forms. There also will be details for firearms instructors.
Authorities anticipate 400,000 people will apply for concealed carry permits in the first year alone.
You can find the website here.
A De Soto man is in police custody for allegedly abusing a young relative.
Jeremy Rush Jr. faces charges of abuse or neglect of a child resulting in serious injury. Prosecutors say Rush was babysitting the child at the time of the incident.
If convicted, Jeremy Rush Jr. faces five to 15 years in prison. He remains in custody at Jefferson County Jail on $25,000 bond.